13 “And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.”
Matthew 6:13 (ESV)
There is a competition raging in and around us each and every day. Only, the outcome has nothing to do with medals, trophies or new world records. The stakes are much higher.
Our flesh, the residue of sin lurking in our lives, is at war with the Holy Spirit, God’s life-changing presence in His people (Galatians 5:16-17). Both pull at us in opposite directions, and our choices dictate which way we go.
While battling it out internally, we are also immersed in a world which lies in the power of the evil one according to the apostle John (1 John 5:19).
In light of that, it is vital that we consistently ask and watch for deliverance from the destructive influence we face on each of these fronts. Failure to do so will leave us vulnerable to deception and the sin it inevitably produces.
Fortunately, God is glad to intervene on our behalf and enable us to respond in the midst of the struggle in ways that result in His glory and our good.
“No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and He will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation He will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it” (1 Corinthians 10:13).
Athlete, let this assurance be a daily source of strength and motivation for you as you fight the good fight of faith (1 Timothy 6:12) until His final return.